• Imperial College London Report Exposes Urgent Crisis: Indoor Air Quality Threatens Health

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Imperial College London Report Exposes Urgent Crisis: Indoor Air Quality Threatens Health

May 10 2023

The recently published report by Imperial College London serves as a stark reminder of the severe and enduring consequences of indoor air pollution. Building owners and managers must recognise that the pressing need for adequate ventilation strategies cannot be ignored any longer, as they are paramount in safeguarding people's health from the detrimental effects of poor indoor air quality.

Imperial College London conducted an extensive analysis, studying over 35,000 research papers spanning a decade. Their findings were alarming, revealing that exposure to specific airborne particles could result in dire health implications. Shockingly, these pollutants were found to contribute to miscarriages, diminished sperm count, and impaired lung development in children. Equally concerning, they were also linked to the development of chronic illnesses, cancer, and strokes later in life. Of particular concern are particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), predominantly emitted by vehicle exhausts, which emerged as highly hazardous pollutants.

In response to this study, commissioned by the Greater London Authority, the government acknowledged the significance of improving air quality. It recently concluded its consultation on the draft Air Quality Strategy, indicating an intention to address the issue. However, David Millward, Group Product Manager at Elta Group (UK), emphasises the urgency of action and warns against waiting for directives. He underscores the substantial harm being inflicted upon people's health and well-being due to unnecessary delays in taking preventive measures.

Millward states, "Air pollution has long been a major contributor to poor health. Now, with the extensive research conducted by Imperial College London, we have concrete evidence of its multifaceted impacts on individuals." He insists that building owners and managers must heed these warnings and take decisive action immediately to prioritize the well-being of occupants within their premises. Such proactive measures not only safeguard people's health but also yield long-term benefits, reducing absenteeism and enhancing overall productivity.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Elta Group partnered with Airthings to introduce a range of air quality monitoring solutions in the UK. These innovative monitors encompass sensors for monitoring CO2, Radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as particulate matter (PM1 and PM2.5). The data collected from these monitors can inform a comprehensive ventilation strategy tailored to each building's requirements.

Moreover, Elta Fans, part of the Elta Group portfolio, offers an extensive selection of customized commercial and industrial fans, as well as mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery (MVHR) from its UK-based factories. This ensures an ample supply of ventilation solutions for various building projects.

"As specialists in ventilation solutions, we understand the crucial role we play in assisting building stakeholders in selecting the right products and systems for their properties," explains Millward. "That's why we partnered with Airthings. By incorporating air quality monitoring sensors into our portfolio, we can gain insights into how a building is utilized and assess its indoor air quality. Armed with this knowledge, we can effectively enhance the environment."

The Imperial College London report underscores the urgent need to tackle the indoor air quality crisis head-on. Building owners and managers must prioritize the implementation of effective ventilation strategies to safeguard the health and well-being of all occupants.

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